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segments, the same format used for the first debate. bob schieffer will open with a question, the candidate will have two minutes to respond and then an exchange between the two nominees. here's a look at the topics for tonight's debate as selectioned by bob schieffer. beginning with america's role in the world, followed by what he is calling our longest war, afghanistan and pakistan. then the so-called red lines, israel and iran, a changing middle east, followed by the new face of terrorism and concluding the 90-minute debate with the rise of china and tomorrow's world. the next hour and a half we're going to preview what to expect from lynn university. as always, we want to hear from you. our phone lines are open. the question we're asking -- what would you ask if you were posing questions to president obama and governor romney? 202 is the area code, 737-00016789 our lines for those supporting the president and 202-737-0002 for those supporting governor mitt romney. undecided voters, 202-628-0205. you can also weigh in on our face book at facebook.com/c-span and on our twitter page at twi
-the-scenes is joining us tonight. he's the gop co-chairman of the presidential debate commission and has been in that role since the commission was founded in 1987. thanks for being here. so many questions i want to ask you. let's just start with centre college itself. how is it that have come to host two vice-presidential debate? >> they are one of only four schools in the country who have hosted more than one debate. this is their second. we go through a process where we send out a request for bids ahead of time. there were one of the schools that put in a bid to host the debate this time. we have a team that goes out, lighting, sound people, etc., and the secret service involved. we finally get down to deciding if we can do something geographically. we like to do one in the west, one in the south, one in the midwest, and one in the northeast. we knew them, the secret service knew the school. they did such a good job 12 years ago, we are just delighted to be back here. >> so much has changed in 12 years, not just in the country but about the debate. i heard an interview from then and it was
the debate, use the hash tag #cspan2012. we may use your comments on air. our question for this program -- what would you have if you had the chance to ask? this is a domestic policy debate. you can send our thoughts on the question you would most like to ask on our facebook page. facebook.com/cspan. the moderator is jim lehrer of pbs. the debate is structured into a series of 15 minute questions, many focusing on the economy. the economy gets the first half of the debate, with questions 1, two, and 3. then they move on to the topic of health care, which has major economic impact, the role of government in our society, and the final segment will be on the governing cells of the candidates. jim lehrer can assign the final questions. there was a coin toss to decide who would take the first question. president obama has won that and will take the first question. we would like to involve you in the process and talk about this important debate, what you will be looking for from candidates, whether or not you have already made your decision. most particularly, if you had a chance to ask a que
preview of what to look for in this town hall debate. meanwhile, on c-span2, the north dakota u.s. senate debate. it is one of the closest senate races in the country. and c-span3 tonight has a discussion of what is that is that it o'clock eastern. -- 8:00 eastern. >> it is time for the second of three presidential debates. tonight features a town hall format with 82 undecided voters asking questions of the two candidates. cnn's candy crowley is the moderator. our live coverage begins 90 minutes from now. you will have a front row seat, seen only on this network. live debate coverage begins at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. we will have a lineup of guests talking politics. we will involve you all along the way with phone calls, tweets, and your facebook comments. what would you ask if you have the opportunity to be in that hall tonight. you can post it. >> we are happy to have your tweets on c-span. we will begin our evening with janet. she joins us inside the hall. give our viewers a history of the town hall format. >> the format was initially tried in 1992 at the university of richmond
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